Profile of a Dead Motorcyclist

Scripps Howard New Service obtained death certificate records of 3,697 people who died in a motorcycle accident to paint a statistical portr...

Scripps Howard New Service obtained death certificate records of 3,697 people who died in a motorcycle accident to paint a statistical portrait of dead bikers.

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The data came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and includes accidents occuring in 2003 up to the current year.

90 percent of them are male.
87 percent of them are white.
46 percent of them are aged 40 and up.
33 percent of them have attended college, compared to 50 percent for the general public.

Scripps Howard also found that 20 percent of cycling fatalities were men who were divorced at the time of their deaths, a rate that is more than double the national average.

The study goes on to suggest that motorcycle deaths may be particularly linked with middle-aged men, going through mid-life crisis, compounded with failing eye-sight.

Interestingly, the study did not take into consideration that cars were involved in many motorcycle accidents, and that it might have been a 40+ year old cager in mid-life crisis with failing eyesight that actually caused a biker to die.

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